How to increase visibility in Black Ops Cold War: Best settings

James Busby
Black Ops Cold War art

Many Black Ops Cold War players are currently struggling to see their enemies in the game’s multiplayer modes, so here’s how you can instantly increase your visibility. 

Visibility is one of the most important aspects of any FPS title, particularly when you want to increase the number of kills you are able to get. However, Black Ops Cold War currently has a big visibility issue that is leading to a lot of frustrating deaths. From numerous head glitches to operators blending in with various terrain, there are a number of things that make spotting your enemies increasingly difficult. 

When you combine this with the game’s poor map visibility and blisteringly fast kill times, you have a rather annoying multiplayer experience. While Treyarch have been listening to player concerns over the past few days, they have yet to officially address this frustrating issue. In the meantime, be sure to use the tips below to help increase Black Ops Cold War’s poor visibility.

Tweak your graphics settings

Black Ops Cold War settings
It may look ugly, but it will help you spot your foes.

While console players don’t have this luxury, if you’re playing Black Ops Cold War on PC, then you’re in luck. Turning down the game’s visuals not only helps with visibility, it will also increase your framerate. Having smoother, more responsive gameplay is also a bonus for anyone looking to bolster their KDA.

We found the following settings to be the best for in-game visibility: 

Details & Textures

  • Texture Quality: Lowest
  • Model Quality: Low
  • Special Effects Quality: Medium
  • Screen Space Reflection: Low
  • Object View Distance: Low

Shadow & Lighting

  • Volumetric Lighting: Low
  • Shadow Quality: Low
  • Dynamic Shadows: All
  • Special Effect Shadows: Disabled

Ray Tracing

  • Ray Tracing Sun Shadows: Disabled
  • Ray Tracing Local Shadows: Disabled 
  • Ray Tracing Ambient Occlusion: Disabled

Post Processing Effects

  • NVIDIA DLSS: Quality 
  • Ambient Occlusion Quality: Disabled 
  • Motion Blur: Disabled 
  • Motion Blur Quality: Low
  • Subsurface Scattering: Enabled 
  • Order Independent Transparency: Disabled

Turn off health bars

Black Ops Cold War Health Bars
Turning this option off is a must for any player.

Enemy health bars can be useful for knowing how low a specific player is, but it can also hinder your overall visibility, particularly when multiple enemy health bars overlap. Fortunately, you can turn this option off via the game’s settings. In order to do this, follow the settings below: 

  • Navigate to the settings menu. 
  • Click on Interface.
  • Scroll down to HUD Elements.
  • Set enemy and allied health bars to hidden.

Turning this option off may sound counterintuitive, but it is a must for those who wish to reduce screen clutter and increase visual clarity. 

Change enemy name colors

Black Ops Cold War colorblind settings
Pick a color that really makes your enemies stand out.

The standard enemy name colors can often blend into the game’s surroundings, making it incredibly difficult to tell friend from foe. Fortunately, Black Ops Cold War allows you to change this option. You can do this by following the instructions outlined below:

  • Navigate to the settings menu.
  • Click on Graphics. 
  • Scroll down to Display.
  • Click on Colorblind Modes.
  • Select from the colors listed.

We recommend choosing a particularly bright color that will stand out from the game’s darker backgrounds. Whenever you ADS, you should be able to see enemies more clearly and line up those all-important headshots with ease. 

So there you have it, three quick ways you can increase your visibility in Black Ops Cold War.  If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel.

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James is Dexerto's Associate Games Editor who joined the website in 2020. He graduated from university with a degree in Journalism, before spending four years freelancing for GamesRadar+, PCGamesN, RPS, LoL Esports, Red Bull Gaming, and many more. You can find him covering everything from CoD, Apex Legends, Genshin Impact, and Monster Hunter. Need to get in touch? Email James at